How to change career without downgrading yourself. 5 hurdles to pass

“I am a Software Engineer. My job is not interesting. So I am thinking to quit my job to learn music. Please guide me”, one of my readers wrote to me.

Jumping from one field into another is a big decision.

You cannot take such decisions simply based on your emotions or desires. Changing into another field is not as simple as taking another job. It involves a radical change happening in your personality, identity and your life.

If you are also in such a dilemma, consider the following points before taking the leap. You will know why it is crucial to take a smooth transition instead of taking a sudden jump.

1. Downgrade from expert to student

As a software engineer, you are already an expert in a field. When you leave it to pursue another career, you are downgrading yourself – From being an expert to a student.

This affects your psychology in many ways. For some, money may not be a major factor. But, when entering into another field, where you are a beginner. You will have to work hard towards keeping your confidence level high.

Remember, you will not recognize the psychological downgrade happening within you immediately. But, handling that while focusing on learning is strenuous. So, it is better to transition from your day job to your interest in a smooth way.

2. Can you give 8 hours to music a day?

Secondly, as an engineer, you are working for about 8 hours a day. When you quit the job, you cannot put all those 8 hours in learning music. Because it is relatively a new field, you cannot focus for long. Even if you practice music for 4 hours, the other 4 hours will be spent on less productive works. This drains your focus and eagerness.

It takes time to tune yourself up to this new journey. Your body, mind, and your routines need to be tuned.

What to do instead:

Apart from the 8 hours you give to your job, you have another 16 hours. Isn’t it?

So, instead of sacrificing your 8-hour job, try doing this – Sacrifice an hour or two of your sleep, an hour of TV and an hour of social media. Now, you have 4 hours a day to practice your music.

Then slowly increase the time.

3. Dealing with the changed self-image

There is another thing you should keep in mind. That is your idea of yourself – your self-identity. Now you identify yourself as an engineer. As a software engineer, you have a self-image – the way you present yourself, communicate with others and also the people you meet and admire.

When you change your field of interest, you might undergo a radical shift in your self-image. Now you will stop reading the tech news, meeting or following those tech personalities. You will begin to read about musicians, meeting people with similar interests.

So far you were identifying yourself as a software engineer. And changing that identity does not happen immediately. It takes time to engrave the new identity in your mind.

That is why you need to transition smoothly.

4. Are you serious?

People are crazy. One day they dream of becoming movie actors. The next day, they dream about going back to the village and becoming agriculturists.

The problem with people is not the lack of energy. It is the lack of focus. It takes at least 6 months to know if you are serious.

So, when you go for a smooth transition, within 6 months, you will know how serious you are. If you are doing it because ‘others are learning music’, you will see soon your interest evaporating day by day.

5. Creativity and hard work

As a software engineer, mostly you are doing the same thing every day. But with music, after a level, you will start experiencing creative juices flowing from within. And the joy pushes you to go deeper/higher. It is a hard journey. Are you ready for it?

So, what is a smooth transition?

Think of an hourglass. The sand starts slowly moving from the top part into the bottom one. This is how you should change your career.

Now, you are interested in learning music. Instead of leaving your job, make the best use of your free time to learn music. Also, develop your interest, reverence towards the art. Can you devote yourself to this completely? Like there is nothing else in your life? Even devotion takes practice. So, practice it.

Start practising music. Read about music and musicians. And do Satsanga.

Satsanga?

No, I am not talking about Bhajans.

Satsanga is when you spend time with people who energize you towards your goal or greater ideal.

Talking and reading about tech titans is Satsanaga for a software engineer. But, to become a musician, you should start having Satsanga with great musicians.

Also, build a long-term plan for your new field of interest.

While doing all this, observe how you undergo a change in your personality. This helps you understand yourself better.

Questions? Write to me below.

Love,

Raghavendra

Hate Meditation? Try these 5 alternatives (5th one surprising)

I don’t like sitting for meditation.

It is struggling to sit still, changing breathing pattern or reciting some mantra.

I used to wonder how meditation is connected to my daily life. It didn’t feel like being a part of my necessary routines.

Until I understood that life itself is meditation.

Whatever you do, do it with full care and attention, you will start being meditative. The deeper your focus is, the more joyful you become. You don’t need yogic exercises for that.

Of course, there are benefits if you practice Raja yoga. It helps you bring harmony between your body and mind. It helps you develop a positive mindset and improve your health.

But the ultimate goal of yoga is to find the cosmic bliss within. Reaching this goal through yogic exercises is arduous.

Also, not everyone can tune oneself to such methods. They are a hard journey for most.

Are tired of different meditations and feel they are not creating any juice of joy in you? Simply, try other methods to bring the same mental effects.

Here are those five methods. The fifth one may be new for you. But, that is the one method you can use for long and get long-term benefits. So, let us begin:

  1. Visualize rivers or the sky:

What do you feel when you see an ant?

Imagine a rabbit in its place. What do you feel now? Replace it with a bear. How does it feel? Then replace it with an elephant.

Does that feel some kind of expansion happening within you? Don’t you feel that with every expansion, you are getting more relaxed and joyful?

Have you not experienced a feeling of expansion when looking at a high-flowing river? How about an unlimited ocean, a sky-high mountain or an open sky?

The expansion you feel is actually your consciousness expanding.

When it happens, problems in your life begin to appear trivial. And you will feel very powerful and courageous.

Continue to feel the presence of a river or the sky, it becomes a meditational experience.

2. Listen to favourite music

There is something about rhythm that reduces your thought flow.

Listening to music lets you flow into a rhythm, and soon it makes you forget yourself. This is when you go deeper and find the overwhelming emptiness inside.

This becomes an immensely relaxing experience.

So, whenever you are listening to music, don’t focus on any other work. Be with the tune, feel the emotions. With the song getting over, let out a deep sigh of release, as if you came out of a high.

Soon, you will realize the tone of your thought process has changed. Positive thoughts started to enter in you.

Now, you can take up your important works for the day.

3. Walk alone in nature

Walking alone in nature has a similar effect as visualizing rivers or mountains.

Whenever you walk in nature, be sure you are alone. With people, you will soon start a conversation, and forget the nature around. So, be alone.

Walk slowly, looking around. Feel the clouds moving up in the sky, feel the movement of the leaves on the trees. Observe the way the insects and birds living their life.

When you observe, you make them part of your consciousness. It expands you.

Soon, you will know that you are more than the life you are living. You are in nature, you are the nature.

4. Visualize a dreamy life as happening now

We are all daydreamers.

But, most of us do not realize that daydreaming can transform our lives profoundly.

If you practice visualization methodically, you can create actual life experiences.

You can use it to overcome regrets and negative thoughts. It helps you transcend past hangovers.

To practice it properly, sit down or lie down at a calm place. Then start visualizing yourself doing something that you always wanted to do.

The deeper your visualization goes, the deeper it creates impressions in your mind. The more you do it, the more you will begin to enjoy it.

At a certain point, your visualization becomes your meditation.


5. The Magic of Devotion

One of the four major yogic methods, the path of devotion is one of the most ancient spiritual methods. It is the simplest one too.

The path of devotion, or Bhakti Yoga, helps you to connect with God and let the God function for you.

Unlike yogic postures, which need prolonged physical practice, it is a method of love.

In this method, you find your deity, connect yourself to it and begin to develop your life around the deity.

Being in the presence of your deity itself becomes deeply meditative and blissful.

You will have to try it to experience it.

How to foolproof these 8 morning habits with mission and master

Even a life’s mission cannot fully inspire you into following a daily routine — because of repeated failures, threats, and depressions. If you have a deity at the centre of your mission, supporting and leading you — then your routine becomes invincible.

A proper routine is a sure stairs to success.

But, most of us fail in maintaining a routine for a long time. You start following a routine, but within a week, it falls apart. And then you try some other method, which also fails. And this goes on.

Any method you take up, after a few days it starts becoming forced, tiresome, and dry routine, which you want to get rid off. Right?

There are two reasons why your daily routine is not becoming a natural part of your life.

The first reason is, your life has not turned into a MISSION.

That is, you are not able to connect your daily routine to a larger goal. Your energy is not moving in one direction, one higher goal in life. That is why you fantasize doing many things, but end up doing few.

You cannot reduce your body fat or build six-pack abs just because someone else has done it. What are you going to do with your six-pack abs? Act in the next superhero movie? Run a gym, or build a business around health? How is it going to help your overall life?

Your routine has to become an extension of your own personality. Unless you attach it with your overall goal of life, your routine cannot become a long-lasting one.

The second is, you have not chosen your MASTER yet.

We all want to become rulers. But there is also an innate desire for being ruled. It is easy when you have a master to report to. Right?

With most bosses and masters, you work to fulfill their dreams. But, how about having a master who helps you build your own dream? A master who can help you with your mission?

You can find such a master in two forms – one is a living master or a mentor. Another is a deity —  I will explain it to you about this in a bit.

But, before that, please go through these eight morning routines and later you will know how to connect your mission with your master and streamline your life.

Brahma Muhurta — the time to get up

There is a precise time for you to wake up if you want to make the best use of your inner potential. The ancient sages have discovered that the perfect time for you to rise is during Brahma muhurta —  a time precisely 1Hr 36 mins before sunrise.

It is the elixir time when your mind is most serene and calm. This is the time you can recreate yourself and become what you want to be. So, decide that you will not open your social media, mails or news until you complete these tasks.

Here is your ideal routine:

  1. Brahma wakes up

‘Aham Brahmasmi’ (I am the ultimate reality) declares Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. When you wake up from your slumber, you have returned from the deep sleep state where your pure unlimited potential exists. The potential that is untouched by your limiting beliefs about yourself.

So, when you wake up during the Brahma muhurtha, you wake up not as the person you slept the day before, with all that bad experiences and impressions, but as Brahma — the pure unlimited potential.

In your sleep, you have touched your deeper self, which is the almighty — the Brahma or Parabrahma. So, when you wake up, you wake up with an unlimited potential — that is why it is so important.

When the world is still asleep, no vehicle sounds, no humans showing up around, you will still remain the Brahma and do the most important things that build your day and your mission. That is why you get up at Brahma muhurtha — the time when you are the Brahma.

This is not the time for you to visit Facebook or Twitter or news — which again brings you back to the world, and you lose yourself.

This is the time for you to take up your morning routines.

But, when you wake up, don’t hurry towards your predefined routines. First, feel the emptiness that you have touched in your sleep. Be with that experience for sometime. And slowly, let yourself come to the world. Take a few long breaths and feel the silence inside.

2. Drink hot cumin water

Drinking hot beverages such as green tea, lemon tea in an empty stomach helps better bowel movements. I would suggest you to have a cup of hot cumin water mixed with honey for added benefits.

3. River bath or river mantra

There is a reason why people from ancient times took bath in flowing waters of rivers. River water is full of cosmic energy, also called as pranic energy or bioplasma. When you take bath in a river, that energy enters into you and refreshes your being.

Even the water you take from a well or a pond does have the same effect. But, all cannot have the luxury of a river or a pond nearby. But, there is a method of energizing the water.

So, before you take bath, recite this mantra to infuse pranic energy of river-water into it:

Gange cha Yamune chaiva Godavari Saraswati |

Narmade Sindhu Kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru ||

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(Meaning: I hereby invoke the holy waters from rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri to be present in this water.)

Considered holy, these rivers flow in various parts of India and are worshipped by people across the nation.

In The Miracle of Water, Masaru Emoto writes, “By holding the intention of peace towards the water, by thinking, speaking and acting with the intention of peace towards the water, water can and will bring peace, to our bodies and to the world.”

You need to understand and recite this mantra to know the effect it will have on the water and also on you. It changes the vibration of your entire being.

Taking a cold water bath brings your mind and body out of the last bit of slumber. Traditionally, several immediate benefits of cold shower/bath are listed.

Cold water increases your blood circulation, as blood moves faster to keep your organs warm, which in long term keeps you healthy and younger. Also, it increases your testosterone and fertility and decreases the tendency of depression.

Immediately after the bath, you are suggested to invoke the divine.

4. Pooja — the divine calling

During your deep sleep, which is called as Sushupti, you are one with the all-pervading cosmic energy. When you get up, you are still connected to it. And, this is the time for strengthening that connection by invoking the cosmic divinity.

This can either be done by invoking the cosmic formless presence, or by worshipping your own personal deity.

With personal deity, you are not worshipping some stone or statue. You are treating it as r a presentation of the all-pervading cosmic entity and will develop a human-like relationship with it. As the relationship grows deeper, you will receive greater rewards.

So, immediately after the bath, devotees prepare for a pooja of their deity. (The Magic of Devotion gives you a step-by-step method to learn and practice devotion for success in life.)

During the puja or worship, you invoke the all-pervading cosmic energy, offer flowers and fruits and thank the divinity.

There is a reason behind this offerings and gratitude. When you express your gratitude towards this all-pervading power, you are not only acknowledging the best things you already have in your life, but also letting more of those things flow into your life. Through the attitude of gratitude. And with the offerings, you are connecting deeper.

During worship, a devotee recites a few mantras, which are crucial. Take this mantra for example:

Samudravasane devi parvatastanamandale                                              

Vishnupatni namastubhyam padasparsham kshamaswa me

This mantra calls the earth as mother, praises her and seeks her forgiveness for stepping on her.

And there are similar mantras that express gratitude to the sun, the rivers, sacred herbs and animals, and the ancient great men who contributed immensely to our lives.

Either you can learn mantras, or you can simply remember all those entities and energies that are causing and leading your life. A heartfelt expression of gratitude is equal to any mantra.

Just remember to thank all the people your life has been enriched by. You will know how rich you are.

5. Physical postures for mental balance — Yoga

After getting up, your consciousness slowly returned to your body through drink and shower. Now, it is time to completely return to your body and own it. Yoga and Pranayama will help you do it.

You must know that Yoga is not your physical exercise. It helps you physically but, the primary aim is to bring the stability of your body and mind and make you ready for meditation.

That is why proper focus on breathing is important during yoga. You can give evening time for your gym exercises. Now, as you want to take up several works for the day, you need to work on the stability of your mind.

Think that Yoga and Pranayama are for that. But, you can select specific yogic postures to work on particular parts of the body as well. But the primary goal is to balance your mind.

6. Recite the power word — Japa

You will be surprised to know how recitation of a word makes you very powerful. Let me explain the science behind it.

While hundreds of thoughts enter your mind every second, only a few select thoughts are allowed and entertained by it. The mind lets only those thoughts that match your current mindset. If you are feeling down or being overpowered by your past, it is simply because you are tuned to such thoughts. And your mind is allowing them because they are familiar.

Remember that even a single negative thought can disturb you profoundly.

But, there is a method to seal your mind properly so that these thoughts do not sneak into your mind — that is the science behind the method of japa.

Japa or recitation of a particular mantra or a phrase or even a word has been practised since ancient times.

It has two benefits:

  1. After a prolonged and quality recitation of japa, your mind will be able to seal negative thoughts.
  2. This repetition of a particular sound will create energy that you can use to create the life you want.

Recitation of a Japa for 10 minutes further stabilizes your mind and makes it fit for meditation.

7. Gear up your goals — Meditation

When you get up in the morning, you are returning from your Sushupti, the bliss state. But, the only difference is that you are not aware of it. When you become aware of it, you will become aware of your true inner being, which is called as enlightenment.

Meditation is a method to get back into sushupti with awareness. When you sit for meditation, your goal is to observe how you go deeper into silence. But, this cannot be practised during your daily morning routine. This can only be practised if you can dedicate yourself to it fully for months and years. Otherwise, daily meditation has a different purpose.

Another goal of meditation is to focus your mind to create the life you want, about which we discuss now.

If you are on a mission, you meditate to focus your mind on the end result of it — the having of your desired object or accomplishing your goal.

During the meditation, you hold in your mind your desired objective as accomplished and feel the satisfaction. Once you experience the tears of fulfilment, you will feel that your meditation is complete. At the end, express your gratitude towards the cosmic power or your deity for making this possible.

8. Put on the mask

This is important.

When you get up from your meditation and are ready to take on the day, never forget to do this.

Have you observed how billionaire businessman Bruce Wayne turns into Batman by wearing the mask? How his body language and voice changes? During this transformation, he not just wears a new attire, but wears a new identity – a new mission.

When you complete the first 7 morning routines, you still are a potential energy, a possibility. With this 8th step, you are bringing the immense potential within into a form, a new identity.

That is why uniforms are important — they are in a way masks that you enter into. When you wear the school uniform, you admit and believe that you are a student, and others also believe that.

Similarly, if you are a police officer, a lawyer or any uniformed professional, as long as you are wearing the uniform, you and others see you with that identity. (Also, observe how your thought streams, body language, and behaviours change with the uniform.)

So, when you get up from your meditation and are ready to get out, do this — wear the mask that you yourself and the world want to see you with.

If you want to be a hugely popular writer, just wear that mask. If you want to be a film star, wear that mask first, and go out. Whatever is your ideal — get that mask ready and enter into it.

With this new self-image, all the qualities of your new identity will flower in you. Without you entering into that mask, you will not find inner impulse or motivation to do the works that you want to do.

The mask will make you ready to be already in the mindset of success.

The missing link

Now, this routine seems perfect. But, you cannot follow this routine for long unless there is a compelling mission of life.

But, even a mission may not fully inspire you for long. Many have failed in keeping up with their missions because of the repeated failures, fear, and depression.

But, there is one thing that can keep you going even through the most intimidating hurdles — that is your deity. For this, you will have to choose a right deity, make it your MASTER, and build your mission and life around it.

Your deity is the almighty that you have chosen to guide you all through your endeavours.

With your deity at the back supporting you, and a mission leading you, your routine becomes invincible.

Before you go: Do you think this information is enough to recharge your routine? Do you need more details? Please write down your questions in the comments section.